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  1. Really quietly, the NBA approves Sixers sale

    Oct 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Sixers Happy Family Time

    We’d like to congratulate billionaire Joshua Harris and his partners on the successful purchase of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team which actually doesn’t play basketball at the moment. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: The NBA Board of Governors has approved Comcast-Spectacors sale of the 76ers to a group of investors led by New York billionaire Joshua…

  2. Quote of the day: Rondo thinks the lockout’s pretty awesome, actually

    Oct 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    “This has been the best summer of my life, really,’’ he said. “Lockout or not, I’m still going to enjoy my life and do what I do best.’’ via Rajon Rondo eager to get Celtics back together – The Boston Globe. That’s Rondo talking about this summer and all of his fun with being in Lexington…

  3. Celtics owner moving off of hawk stance?

    Oct 16, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics,

    The phrase was termed by TrueHoop. “Hawks and doves” became the standard vernacular to describe the position of owners. They were either soft (doves, because doves are soft, you see) or hawks (hard-line, because hawks are mean, you see). As long as hawks rule the nest (or whatever), we’re not getting a season, because they’re…

  4. Here’s a stunner: Players not happy with McGee’s comments

    Oct 16, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    After JaVale McGee came out and undermined the players by doing the one thing you absolutely cannot do in a lockout, give the other side any hope that you’re considering breaking (no matter how rational, reasonable, or predictable that is), the players acted stunned. “What? JaVale who? Who is that? The McGee boy, you say?” as…

  5. Derrick Rose says it’s Stern’s fault, yada yada… wait, who’s in charge of the union?

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:28 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This is the paragraph I’m supposed to blockquote you and pull the news story off of. Guess what? A member of the player’s union thinks David Stern and the owners are mean and it’s their fault for the lockout! TOTALLY NEW INFORMATION. “It’s sad. It’s very sad. But everybody knows it’s not our fault. It’s…

  6. Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller not so much with standing united

    Oct 15, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    The NBA veterans at the end of their careers say that the reason they’re so committed to holding the line, particularly that 53 percent line, is to protect the players that came after them. The players who have already gotten their tipoffs in and are out of the game? They’re a little bit more realistic…

  7. Report: Garnett, Kobe, Pierce shut down 50/50 talks before deadline on their own

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    you know, in a way, I’m kind of glad for stuff like this. I mean, the lockout had become downright depressing. Both sides were “miles apart” but “ready to make a deal.” We’ve lost games, good games, which may or may not be rescheduled. Both sides seem more interested in rhetoric than progress, and it’s…

  8. US Mayors write letter to Stern, Hunter, urging end to lockout

    Oct 15, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    The mayors of fourteen NBA cities have sent a letter to David Stern and Billy Hunter asking them to sort out their differences and save the season. WishTV8.com in Indianapolis obtained a copy of the letter and reported: The mayors are worried about what a canceled season might do to their local economies. And the…

  9. Players have avoided getting their hands dirty, but will the PR high road pay off?

    Oct 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    A dozen radio shows play soundbites of his voice on loop. There’s talk of competitive equity, of the struggling economy, and of players with inflated contracts. One calm voice meanders through accusation after accusation, and countless listeners on a dozen frequencies swim in the carefully manufactured bile. Somewhere, David Stern cracks a slight, sly smile.…

  10. Report: Raptors’ talks with Stefanski ‘stalled’ as Sixers GM looks to Blazers

    Oct 15, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Allen Iverson Press Conference

    Remember how Ed Stefanski was going to be the next Raptors GM, essentially working under Bryan Colangelo in what would largely be an assistant role since Colangelo is the guy who runs the show? And how it was a done deal and all that? Yeah, not so much. Yahoo! Sports reports that the deal has…

  11. Video: Darren Rovell talks to David Stern on Sports Biz

    Oct 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    Darren Rovell spoke with commissioner David Stern this week as part of Stern’s massive media tour. In this conversation, Rovell talks to the Commissioner about competitive balance, the luxury tax, and the contentious state of the NBA Lockout. There have been a lot of questions about why Stern has decided to pursue such an aggressive…

  12. Fisher, Hunter respond to Stern with tough words of their own

    Oct 14, 2011, 11:09 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After David Stern’s Magical Media Tour on Thursday and Friday, the players needed to respond before a mediator puts the lock on both sides next week. And after making an “armed and dangerous” reference, union executive director Billy Hunter continued along with union president Derek Fisher in pushing back hard against the commish. Various quotes…

  13. Quote of the day: Billy Hunter is frustrated, metaphorically armed

    Oct 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    “If someone wants to point a gun at my head, I’ll point it right back at him.”  -NBAPA chief Billy Hunter at the NBPA press conference, regarding David Stern’s comments about the possible cancellation of games until Christmas if a new CBA deal doesn’t get worked out soon. Reading between the lines just a little…

  14. NBA allows scouts to attend college practices after previous lockout ban

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    The NBA wants its employees they’re still paying to pretend that the players don’t exist. But they’re totally fine with scouts examining the next generation of players the league doesn’t want to pay as much as they have been. Yup. Yahoo! Sports reports: After initially forbidding front-office executives from attending college basketball practices during the…

  15. First word from today’s union meeting: some players ready to cave to owners’ demands

    Oct 14, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    We interrupt your otherwise barren, locked out NBA programming to bring a minor update from the Players Union meeting in Los Angeles today. JaVale McGee was one of apparently few players that attended today’s meeting, and spoke with SI.com‘s Sam Amick on his way out. Here are Amick’s tweets from L.A.: Wizards’ JaVale McGee had…

  16. Shane Battier’s willing to sacrifice BRI money to lower ticket prices. Swell guy.

    Oct 14, 2011, 5:38 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Shane Battier is very much the black sheep of the NBPA. He was one of the first to challenge Billy Hunter on the issue of his salary in the lockout, and has consistently played contrarian to the NBPA’s homogeneous stream of rhetoric. On Friday, he took it a step further. With every NBA player out there saying…

  17. What the Pacers should do when the lockout ends

    Oct 14, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Indiana Pacers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads.   Last season: What a start! Oh, things fell apart. Oh, but…

  18. Suns owner Saver plays in hoops league with union lawyer

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    Suns Robert Sarver

    I expected to read this note today about as much as I expected the Tea Party to endorse Occupy Wall Street. But it turns out Suns owner Robert Sarver has some interesting pickup basketball partners — and an interesting game. Zach Lowe put up the story at Sports Illustrated’s The Point Forward. It was with…

  19. Brandon Jennings takes aim for the 40-percent mark

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Yesterday, in a live chat on ESPN.com, Brandon Jennings lobbed an easy-as-pie piece of cake over the plate. He didn’t have to; Jennings had stopped by to pretty clearly shill for Court Grip — the new product which Dwyane Wade plugged so aggressively but a few weeks earlier — and those kinds of advertising tours…

  20. NBATV ratings plummet during lockout… don’t you like “Teen Wolf?”

    Oct 14, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

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    NBA TV has been as hard to watch as a Shawn Marion jump shot during the lockout. Banned from showing any current NBA players, they have been relegated to showing nothing but classic games. No summer league games, no shows previewing the upcoming season, no shows talking fantasy hoops, no drop ins on training camp.…

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